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Awards Applications/Nominations Sought

Each year, ALCTS presents awards for technical services specializations, publishing, and professional achievement. Nominations and applications are currently being solicited for all awards. Find more information on all of these awards in a press release on the ALCTS web site.

Banks/Harris Preservation Award

This award was established to honor the memory of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation. The award, $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., is given to a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

Direct questions and nominations to Rebecca Ryder, Chair, Banks/Harris Jury, (859) 257-0500 ext. 2047. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007.

Best of LRTS Award

This award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALCTS. The winner will receive a citation and $250 from ALCTS. Papers published in volume 51 (2007) are eligible for consideration, with the exception of official reports and documents, obituaries, letters to the editor and biographies of award winners.

Direct questions and nominations to Randy Roeder, Chair, Best of LRTS Jury, (319) 335-6204. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007.

Blackwell’s Scholarship Award

This award honors an author or a group of authors who have written an outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of acquisitions, collection development or related areas of resource development in libraries. Blackwell’s will donate a $2,000 scholarship to the United States or Canadian library school of the winning author’s choice. The scholarship will be given to a student concentrating in the acquisitions or collection development areas. Publications from 2007 are eligible.

Direct questions and nominations to Kathleen Brown, Chair, Blackwell’s Jury, (919) 515-7522. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007.

Outstanding Collaboration Citation

This award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes a demonstrated benefit from actions, services or products that improve and benefit providing and managing library collections. The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement.

Direct questions and nominations to Gracemary Smulewitz, Chair, Citation Jury, (732) 932-7388, ext. X161. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007.

Esther J. Piercy Award

This award, a $1,500 grant and citation donated by YBP, Inc., recognizes contributions to library collections and technical services by a librarian with no more than ten years of professional experience who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Direct questions and nominations to Eleanor Cook, Chair, Piercy Jury, at (828) 262-2786. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007.

First Step Award—Wiley Professional Development Grant

Applications are now being accepted for the "First Step Award—Wiley Professional Development Grant," a cash award applicable toward travel costs for the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, June 27–July 1st, 2008. The purpose of the $1500 grant, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is to provide librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and to encourage professional development in the American Library Association Conferences and participation in ALA/ALCTS Continuing Resources Section activities.

ALA members with five or fewer years’ professional experience in the serials field ho have not previously attended an ALA Annual Conference are eligible. Cash awards are applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc. Eligible applicants who have previously applied, but were not selected, are encouraged to re-apply.

Applications are due by December 1, 2007. Additional information is available on the ALCTS web site. Questions may be directed to Lori Osmus Kappmeyer, the award jury chair, (515) 294-4281.

LBI George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award

This is a new award for 2008. The George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award has been established by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) to honor the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation. The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals. Any person or group is eligible for this award; membership in ALA is not required. The Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by LBI: The Library Binding Institute and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.

Direct questions and nominations to Evelyn Frangakis, chair, Cunha/Swartzburg Jury, (212) 930-0567 by December 1, 2007.

Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award

This award is presented by the ALCTS Acquisitions Section for contributions by, and outstanding leadership of, an individual to the field of acquisitions librarianship. The award consists of $1,500 and a citation donated by Harrassowitz. Winners will be chosen based on demonstrated leadership which has contributed significantly to improvements in acquisitions and achievement in the field of acquisitions through contributions to professional associations, literature, the education of acquisitions professionals and the advancement of the profession.

The application deadline is December 1, 2007. Direct questions and nominations to Lisa German, chair, Leadership Jury, (814) 863-5448.

Margaret Mann Citation

This award is presented to a cataloger or classifier for outstanding professional achievement in the areas of cataloging or classification through publication, participation in professional cataloging associations, or valuable contributions to practice in individual libraries. The Cataloging and Classification Section administers the award, a citation and $2,000 to the library school of the winner's choice, which is donated by OCLC, Inc.

The application deadline is December 1, 2007. Direct questions and nominations to Ann Vidor, Chair, Mann Citation Jury, (404) 727-6833.

Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes the contribution of a library leader who has demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting, and serials). The award winner receives a citation honoring his/her contributions and a stipend of $3,000 generously donated by EBSCO. Nominees must be ALCTS members. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Direct questions and nominations to Mary Case, Chair, Ross Atkinson Award Jury, (312) 996-2716. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2007. Find more information on the ALCTS web site.

SAGE Support Staff Travel Grant

The Travel Grants (six to be awarded) make it possible for library support staff to attend the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. SAGE Publications donates six grants up to $1,000 to cover the expense of attending the conference, including airfare, three nights lodging and conference registration for each recipient. Library support staff who currently are employed in full-time support staff positions, with a minimum of three years of experience in an area of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development/management, preservation of library materials, or serials) who have not previously attended an ALA annual conference are eligible. Successful candidates are required to submit a brief report describing their experiences at the annual conference. The reports are published in the post-conference issue of the ALCTS Newsletter Online and also will be shared with the sponsor.

The application deadline is November 30, 2007. Find more information on the grant online. Direct questions to Manuel Urrizola, Sage Jury Chair.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

This award is presented by the ALCTS Serials Section, and consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuestCSA. The awards are given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials; development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

The application deadline is December 1, 2007. More information on the grant is available online. Direct nominations and questions to Dana Marie Walker, Chair, Ulrich’s Jury, at (706) 224-2844 or or